From rock star to devout Catholic teacher…

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on January 20, 2013

Many thanks to the talented Jennifer Berry Hawes for this fantastic article about my better half!


How many high school guys’ ambitions go something like this?

Form a band with some friends. Write songs. Record them. Sell a bunch. Go on tour. Reap a little fame and much adoration of fans.

So it went with Dan Lord.

In the 1990s, he and an Alabama High School buddy formed Pain, a quirky punk rock band that became known for its upbeat lyrics and melodies, including a horn section, and Lord’s semi-hyperactive antics.

Lord was the lead singer and songwriter and, to hear him tell it today, ego-in-chief.

“It was fun,” recalls Lord, now a Mount Pleasant resident who teaches at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist downtown. “The problem was me.”

Pain got radio play, worked for the Cartoon Network and The WB and sold CDs all over the world. It toured feverishly and built an enviable fan base.

Then it played a show in 1999 on a stage near pop heavyweight Train. Despite having rhyming names, they shared little in common.

If Train was a heavyweight, Pain was a bit more middleweight.

Still, Pain was playing for a good 1,000 enthusiastic fans. Fans who, therefore, were not at the Train stage, where the crowd looked too thin for its handlers’ liking.

And so, Lord says, Train’s people pulled the plug on Pain’s show — literally, in midsong.

The crowd erupted with boos. Lord’s infuriated band members wanted to kick a little Train handler behind. Lord, who was using over-the-counter pseudoephedrine to stay pumped up, normally would have joined in the fury.

But he didn’t.

Nor did he explain why.

How could he tell his bandmates that he’d recently made a few promises to God?


Read more on the Post and Courier’s website…


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Sarah January 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

What a great article! It is so uplifting to read stories of conversion/reversion. They are filled with hope and all of the good that the Lord does in this world! You two have quite the story, and it is inspiring!!

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Nikita January 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Now that I live the area of Charleston, SC I picked up the Post & Courier and flipped through and saw this article. Thank you for also sharing it to those on the web. Please take care and have a lovely Sunday.

Kate January 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Thanks for posting Hallie! I loved this article!!! We’re reverts as well, and I love the way your husband says he didn’t consciously leave the church but kind of faded away. So true. People always say our reversion is so shocking, but to us it makes total sense. We were always just seeking the truth. Sounds like your hubby was too. The restless heart quote by St. Augustine– love the whole article! Thanks again for sharing!

Cam January 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

Such a great post! And I didn’t know that you were from the Bay Area! Paul and I met over in Marin!
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Laura M January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

I love hearing your and your husband’s story!

Andrea January 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Great article! You have an amazing husband and family!

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